Leadership Conference Honors Historian and Editor, Sr. Nona McGreal,
SINSINAWA, WI, September 22-26, 2006 --At their 55th annual meeting,
members of the Dominican Leadership Conference celebrated a person
many Dominicans consider a national treasure. Sr. Nona McGreal,
OP (Sinsinawa) was honored for her extraordinary service
to the Dominican Family.
Sr. Nona, former director of Project OPUS, was honored by the DLC
for her incalculable contributions to Dominican Lilfe, among other
accomplishments: Dominicans at Home in a Young Nation:1786-1865,
Volume I of The Order of Preachers in the United States: a Family
History, the first comprehensive history of the Order
in one single country.
A formal proclamation
was made on behalf of the DLC by Roberto Corral, OP (Holy Name)
as President of the conference.
With obvious affection
and admiration, members of the DLC noted the many
projects undertaken and the leadership Sr. Nona has provided as she
begins her seventy-fourth year of vowed life within the Dominican
family. Sr. Nona researched and composed
the Positio: Super Vita, Virtutibus EtFama Sanctitatis, the
document that led the Congregation for Causes of Saints to declare
Samuel Mazzuchelli, OP, founder of the Sinsinawa Dominicans, to be
known as Venerable.
Dominicans share in the celebration of Sr. Nona McGreal at the
DLC Annual Meeting: left: Diane Kennedy, OP, associate provost,
Dominican University, Pat Mulcahy, OP prioress, Nona McGreal,
OP, Janet Welsh, OP, interim director of the McGreal Center
and Judy Miller, OP research assistant, McGreal Center.
Sr. Nona also authored the definitive biography, Journeyman,
Preacher, Pastor, Teacher: Samuel Mazzuchelli: American Dominican.
The high esteem in which Sr. Nona is
held is not limited to members of the Dominican Family in the United
States. In addition to the DLC honor, Sr. Nona was presented with
a Nomisma Honoris by order of the Master
General of the Order, Bro. Carlos Azpiroz-Costa. This citation is
the highest honor and recognition offered to a member of the Order.
Roberto Corral, OP (Holy Name) President fo the DLC, presented the
citation to Sr. Nona along with other guests from Santa Sabina: Ed
Ruane, OP (St. Albert) Socius for the US Provinces, Chrys McVey, OP
(Pakistan) Socius for Apostolic Life, Marcio Couto, OP Socius for
Intellectual Life and Margaret Ormond, OP (Columbus) International
Coordinator of DSI.
Later this year, Sr. Nona's nomination to the International
Historical Commission of the Dominican Order will be complete.
She will be the first woman to be so honored.
Center for Dominican Historical Studies is a partnership between
the DLC and Dominican University, River Forest, IL. The project is
the next generation of research and study of Dominican history and
life in the United States. Interim Director Janet Welsh, OP (Sinsinawa)
succeeds Sr. Nona and her work under the auspices of the DLC and its
sponsorship of Project OPUS.
Proclamation of the DLC about Sr. Nona McGreal, OP
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Nona McGreal Center for Dominican Historial Studies.
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